Aloe Barbadensis Miller is so gentle and safe that it can be used on pretty much any animal as long as the product is as pure as possible (such as those provided by Forever Living Products which have been certified as the best), with no or very few artificial ingredients in it, given that the main areas of effectiveness are the skin, linings of all tracts, the digestive system, and the immune system.
The vet industry is going the same way as the drug industry in that for many disorders, animals are being treated with essentially the same drugs: steroids, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, vaccinations, and are succumbing to the same illnesses as humans, and suffering the same side-effects of these drugs as humans do.
This situation is not helped by the pet food industry mass-producing food which is far from the natural diet of these animals, but is easy to use, often dried, takes up less space, and lasts longer.
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in the Republic of South Africa, has issued a certificate of registration (No. G3361) for Aloe Veterinary Formula as a stock remedy in terms of Act No. 36 of 1947.
Applications Of Aloe Vera For Animals…
Immune System: Many animal diseases start from the immune system such as: asthma, rhinitis, hay fever, lupus and arthritis. Aloe Vera, when taken orally, has proven to be useful for these types of chronic conditions.
Digestive System: Aloe Vera has been proven to be very helpful with inflammation in the digestive system. It is also good for such conditions as: oral ulcers, stomatitis, and gingivitis. The best form of administering Aloe for these types of conditions would be a gel or spray. Gel is also helpful for more serious conditions such as diarrhea and vomiting.
Eye and Ear Problems: Mixed infections that are caused by bacteria, mites, yeasts foreign bodies and fungi are usually the culprit for causing the ear condition called otitis externa. Otitis externa is an infection that causes inflammation in both the vertical and horizontal canals of the ear. Combining the Aloe Gelly, gel , activator and Bee Propolis, can be very beneficial in the treatment of this condition. Be sure to have the vet look at it if you think there may be a foreign body in the ear.
Burns and Wounds: Aloe Vera has been a great treatment method for burns and wounds for as long as we all can remember. Applying the gel from the plant directly to the burn or wound speeds healing time immensely. Be sure to keep the burn or wound clean and moist with the aloe gel. It may be necessary to protect the area with a bandage but be sure to use caution when removing the bandage so as to not remove new cell growth.
Skin Conditions: Aloe Vera is great for use on such skin conditions as: Abscesses, Fungal infections, Pyoderma, allergies as well as many different forms of dermatitis.
When using Aloe Vera for animals, the Aloe can be given orally or used topically by applying it directly to the skin. The aloe helps decrease inflammation and aids in removing the dead cells. These are just a few examples of the use of Aloe Vera for animals.
Aloe Vera is now available in a wide range of products that can be used for horses and other animals. Investigations by veterinary professionals have shown that Aloe Vera is effective in the treatment of many skin problems, joint problems and internal disorders in equines and animals.
LIST OF RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS FOR ANIMALS
ALOE VERA GEL
A liquid dietary food consisting of the gel of the Aloe Vera plant, which contains over 75 known nutrients, 200 active compounds, 20 minerals, 18 amino acids and 12 vitamins (including VitB12), all in a natural balance that help to maintain all the signs of a healthy animal. Suitable for all and readily absorbed into normal feeds, although some animals prefer it in their water. Aloe Vera gel has a tonic effect, maintaining a healthy appetite, suppleness of joints and revitalising energy levels.
An agent containing enzymes, amino acids and polysaccharides. This is a great product to assist in treating eye infections and ear infections.
Aloe Vera Gel with added MSM, Glucosamine Sulphate, and Chondroitin Sulphate, which are all naturally occurring elements to help maintain healthy joint function and mobility. Vitamin C has also been added to assist with the absorption of these elements. This is a wonderful tonic drink that also helps combat against the signs of ageing and is suitable and beneficial for all animals.
ALOE VETERINARY FORMULA
High in stabilised Aloe Vera, with a convenient applicator, Veterinary Formula can be sprayed directly onto tender areas of your animal to soothe irritations and cleanse before dressing or applying Aloe Vera Gelly. It's also great for grooming; just spray it directly on the coat after bathing for shine and condition. Used as a leg wash, it can soothe and protect after heavy exercise.
ALOE VERA GELLY
Can be used as a topical preparation to soothe skin irritations, including minor cuts, stings and abrasions. It is a thick gel with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, which lubricates and soothes wounded tissue in sensitive areas. Its highly penetrative properties can also help reduce excessive ‘proud flesh’ and ease soreness caused by bit-rubbing.
ALOE PROPOLIS CREME
Aloe Propolis Crème is made from 100% stabilised Aloe Vera gel with the added benefit of bee propolis, a natural agent used by bees to maintain the health of the hive. Chamomile and Vitamins A and E complete the formula to make this the perfect cream to soothe occasional scrapes, minor burns, rashes and problem skin.
ALOE HEAT LOTION
Aloe Vera in a heat producing formulation, which encourages blood supply. Suitable for use where increased circulation would be beneficial. Particularly useful for its soothing action on joints, ligaments and muscles. In animals it is essential that it is applied directly to the skin and not onto the hair.
Specially formulated with ingredients that shield the skin from the harmful effects of over-exposure to the sun and wind. Can be used on sensitive ear-tips and noses to protect and soothe. Greys and other horses with pink/sensitive areas will find the lotion soothes, cools and moisturises. High protection SPF 30.
ALOE LIQUID SOAP
This ‘no tears’ formula is excellent for bathing small or large animals. Equally suited to removing mud after a country walk or cleaning delicate skin types prior to applying other products, Aloe Liquid Soap will clean without irritation. It comes complete with a handy pump top that makes for easy bathing, whether the family pet or a top show breed.
ALOE JOJOBA SHAMPOO
A combination of Aloe and Jojoba creating a splendid cleanser and restorative for your animal's coat. The Aloe is anti-bacterial, making this a mild, deep-cleansing shampoo. The Jojoba moisturises and conditions the coat leaving it shining with health. It also leaves manes and tails glossy and tangle-free.
Well-liked by human customers, this tooth gel is high in Aloe Vera content and ideal for your pets’ teeth too. Reducing the build-up of plaque and tartar on the teeth, while gently soothing the gum areas, it has a low-abrasiveness factor and leaves teeth sparkling clean.
BEE PROPOLIS TABLETS
Propolis is the protective substance gathered and used by bees to keep their hives sterile and infection-free. It’s so effective that the interior of a bee’s hive is safer than most operating rooms. Containing 22 amino acids, B-complex vitamins and fortified with royal jelly. A pure and natural way to ensure a rapid return to normal condition.
BEE POLLEN TABLETS
Direct from the hive and a complete food, rich in all essential nutrients for life, this is an excellent way of priming the body to combat allergies, as well as being a superb energy supplement before or after an exercise period. A good source of energy that is also suitable for jockeys, handlers and trainers as a tonic after a long day.
ALOE MSM GEL
A fast-acting soothing Gel formulation suitable for topical application to joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. MSM is a rich source of organic sulphur essential for the correct functioning of corrective tissues and joints. MSM helps maintain joint fluid and cartilage and therefore healthy joint function. Apply directly to the skin under the hair.
ALOE MULTI-PURPOSE DETERGENT
Multi-purpose, biodegradable, environmentally-friendly and economical liquid concentrate for use as a highly effective cleanser and disinfectant for grooming equipment and for washing blankets and numnahs, tack and feed-bins. The non-abrasive Aloe Vera content makes it mild and safe to use. It is even excellent for tail-whitening.
ALOE VERA TREATMENTS FOR HORSES (A-Z)
This is a brief guide to using Aloe Vera products to treat the health problems your horse may experience. Unless you are absolutely sure what is wrong with your horse and are completely confident you can treat it yourself, you should always seek professional help.
Aloe Vera blended with glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM is an excellent and very safe product to give to horses and ponies suffering from joint problems. The Aloe Vera will increase the absorption of the chondroprotective agents thus maximising their benefits. Dosage: 60-250mls per day.
Aloe Vera can prove very beneficial in helping conditions of the digestive system, particularly where inflammation is involved. Conditions such as stomatitis, gingivitis, and oral ulceration can all be helped with Aloe Vera. The most useful preparations for use in the mouth are those that are spray based and the gelly. More serious conditions such as vomiting and diarrhoea also often respond to oral administration of Aloe Vera Gel combined with bland diets. Always seek veterinary advice if symptoms persist or get worse.
EAR AND EYE PROBLEMS
One of the most common ear conditions is otitis externa where infection and inflammation develop in the vertical and horizontal ear canals. These are often mixed infections of mites, bacteria, fungi, and yeasts and may also involve foreign bodies such as grass seeds. Aloe Vera gel, gelly and in combination with bee propolis can be very useful in treating this condition. Always ensure that a vet sees the ear so that causes such as foreign objects and tumours can be dealt with if present. Eye conditions are potentially more serious and should always be examined by a vet. A dilute solution of Aloe Vera can be helpful for conjunctivitis and keratitis.
ELDERLY HORSES AND PONIES
The Aloe Vera gel is an excellent preparation for our more mature equine friends. It acts as a general ‘pick me up’ and helps keep all systems, particularly an immunological system in peak performance. We recommend dosage of 100-120mls per day. Each year vets are called to examine mature horses from January onwards because they are losing weight and showing signs of not coping. When these are examined and blood tested, many show signs of poor digestion and liver/kidney problems usually associated with the ageing process. These animals need a well-balanced, appetising and nourishing diet, protection from the weather, check teeth and worm regularly. As animals age they will develop arthritis and therefore we also recommend they are given Aloe Vera blended with glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM daily.
These are most commonly present in over 90% of race horses in training. Since the cause is mainly associated with the way the horses are managed this needs to be corrected first where possible. Aloe Vera gel at a rate of 250mls daily added to the food is an excellent supplement to correct management.
This disease is most commonly seen in horses during the spring and in summer when they are at grass. Although the cause remains unknown, it is believed that a neurotoxin present in the grass damages the autonomic nervous system, which controls the movement of the digestive system. In the past most cases were put to sleep because they either were wasting away or suffered from colic. Recently six cases were treated with up to four litres of Aloe Vera gel per day. Initially this was either given by a vet via a stomach tube or by owners giving small amounts at regular intervals throughout the day. All the horses treated in this way made a full recovery.
This is becoming an ever-increasing problem in our horse and pony population and is often difficult to control and can be habit forming. There are a number of causes but one of the most common is seasonal allergy to pollen. Rubbing Aloe Vera gelly into the nostrils twice daily, or better still, the inhalation of 10mls of Aloe Vera spray through a nebuliser and facemask can prove helpful. Always add 120 to 250mls Aloe Vera gel to the diet starting as early in the year as possible, reducing to a maintenance dose of 60mls during the winter months. If started early enough, adding bee pollen tablets to the diet can also help. The amount required can vary from 8 to 20 per day, depending on the weight of the horse and the severity of the condition.
A number of animal diseases have their origin in the immune system. The most common are asthma, hay fever, rhinitis, arthritis, and lupus. The oral administration of Aloe Vera can be useful in chronic immunological problems.
It is very important to enlist the help of the pony’s veterinary surgeon and farrier. With correct management Aloe Vera products can help. To help prevent the reoccurrence of this, problem ponies need to be kept on 60 to 120 mls of Aloe Vera gel per day depending on how susceptible they are. Strict control of the diet and regular exercise are essential. If the pony has an acute attack then the vet and farrier should be called immediately and the pony given 200mls of Aloe Vera gel by mouth daily. This level should be maintained until the symptoms improve when it can be reduced to 120mls. When recovered the pony should be kept on 60mls daily. Together with correct management and assistance from a vet and farrier Aloe Vera can help control this problem in 80% of cases. This result will not be achieved with Aloe Vera alone.
Mud Fever is a dermatitis, which particularly affects the pasterns of both ponies and horses. It does not always have to be associated with muddy conditions. There are frequent cases in the summer when conditions are dry. The lesion consists of scabby areas particularly on the backs of the pastern, which often develop into areas of moist eczema. To help these areas heal; clean them off and break down the scabs gently with Aloe Vera spray before finally applying Aloe Vera gelly. In severe cases use Aloe Vera spray and Aloe Vera gelly 4-6 times daily. Too much washing creates dampness, which can make the condition worse so it is advisable not to over wash. If the area appears very infected, use an Aloe Vera with propolis cream instead of the gelly.
This is a complex condition because the cause is often related to conformation, shoeing practices and the type of work the horse has done. The picture is further complicated because not only is it bilateral but also it is often present as degenerative joint disease in other joints and today is often referred to as distal limb polyarthritis (D.J.D.) navicular syndrome. Aloe Vera blended with glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM can help if it is combined with corrective and often surgical shoeing (bar shoes). When combined with corrective shoeing use 250mls of Aloe Vera blended with glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM, given as 125mls twice daily until the lameness improves. This should take about 3 months, after this time keep them on a maintenance dose for the rest of their lives of 120mls per day.
This condition is often referred to as degenerative joint disease. Arthritis can occur through age-related wear and tear of a joint or it may be as a result of repeated trauma. Whatever the cause, the end result is changes to the joint cartilage, the synovial membrane and the fluid it produces as well as damage to the bone under the joint cartilage. In horses particular names are given to different areas where arthritis occurs. So you will often hear people referring to ‘ring bone’, ‘spavin’, ‘pedal osteitis’ and ‘navicular disease’. These horses require a combined integrated approach to keep them comfortable and to try and hold back the progression of this disease. This usually involves support for the limb, corrective farriery, rest, physiotherapy, complementary preparations and sometimes drugs. Some cases respond beneficially to the addition of 250mls of Aloe Vera gel to their diets daily. As they improve this can be reduced gradually to a maintenance level of 60mls per day. Even greater benefits can be achieved if similar volumes of Aloe Vera blended with glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM are given instead of plain Aloe Vera gel.
This is a condition seen particularly on the backs of horses left out during wet weather. Any area where water accumulates on the skin allows multiplication of spore-forming bacteria, called Dermatophilus Congolensis. This damages the epithelial layer of the skin, allowing secondary opportunist bacteria (such as Staphylococci and Streptococci) to also invade, making the infection worse. Eczema-like lesions develop, similar to ‘mud fever’ of the lower limbs. Always deal with the cause first and bring the horse in from the wet weather. Wash off areas, which are essentially similar to moist eczema (often scabby and matted hair), with a medicated scrub or Aloe Vera soap. Dry very well. Spray lightly with Aloe Vera spray and rub in Aloe Vera gelly. For the first five to seven days expect the ‘healing crisis’, after which the lesions should heal quickly. Any persistent areas with secondary infection can be encouraged to heal using an Aloe Vera with propolis cream rub. Do not repeatedly wash these areas because it will only make the condition worse.
Spray all areas with Aloe Vera spray. Apply Aloe Vera gelly to the infected areas of the skin daily as often as you can. Give Aloe Vera gel in the food each day. In persistent cases change from the Aloe Vera gelly to the Aloe Vera with propolis cream. Ringworm can be transmitted to humans, so take care when handling animals with this disease.
Aloe Vera is an excellent preparation to use for skin conditions such as allergies, abscesses, fungal infections, pyoderma, and many types of dermatitis. The oral gel can be given in the food, and the topical varieties applied directly to the skin. Aloe Vera will decrease inflammation as well as helping to remove dead cells and discharges. It will encourage a suitable environment for regeneration of cells so aiding the healing of wounds.
While sweet itch must be treated conventionally the dermatitis does respond well to Aloe Vera. Firstly wash the area with Aloe Vera soap, dry well, spray the area lightly with Aloe Vera spray and finish off by applying Aloe Vera gelly or Aloe Vera with propolis cream rub. Adding Aloe Vera gel to the diet would also help. Sweet Itch is an allergic dermatitis set off by biting midges. The dermatitis is easily controlled with Aloe Vera products; the problem is preventing the midges from attacking the horse/pony and the self-mutilation inflicted by the patient. Diluted Aloe Vera cleanser and an Aloe Vera heat rub with eucalyptus can help in preventing the insect attacking the animal.
Competition horses frequently strain tendons. This results in an acute inflammatory reaction causing damage to the collagen fibres. It is very important that this inflammatory reaction is limited as soon as possible. Achieve this using cold, pressure, analgesics and rest, (Cold hose the limb, apply frozen crushed Aloe Vera gel in a towel followed by massaging with an Aloe Vera and MSM gel; then a padded pressure bandage and allow plenty of rest). This procedure should be repeated 4-6 times a day while this acute inflammatory condition is present. After a few weeks when this acute heat-forming reaction has subsided then an Aloe Vera heat rub with eucalyptus can be applied. Also add Aloe Vera gel, or Aloe Vera blended with glucosamine and chondroitin and MSM, to their diets.
If the wounds are not suturable, excellent healing can be achieved by first cleansing the wound with diluted Aloe Vera soap, spraying with Aloe Vera spray and then dressing the wound with Aloe Vera gelly. Most wounds heal up to 35% quicker than when using conventional preparations resulting in less scaring and more hair re-growth.
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